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Command View P6000 EVA Simulator 10.0

Due to somewhat popular demand here’s another post detailing the steps for somewhat successfully installing HP P6000 Command View Simulator on Windows 7 x64. It can be a bitch.

The older post is from 2011 with CV 9.4, this one also has PA – performance advisory bundled.

  • Download: http://software.hp.com
  • Two files: EVA Simulator 10.0 (Z7550-00252_EvasimInstaller_100fr_v1.exe) and a readme
  • There is an e-mail listed in the readme!
    • But if you want to, you can put in a comment below saying how sexy I am :p
  • The readme is quite long but most of it is about how to use the PA (performance analyzer), Appendix B is a required read. It describes how to add the Groups so you can log on to CV.
    • A previous blog post by myself truly also goes through how to add a user group :)

For lazy hounds:

  1. (optional) Disable UAC in Windows and make yourself admin.
  2. Put an account in the Windows Group called “HP Storage Admins”.
  3. Launch the downloaded file (it extracts a setup.exe and .msi file)
  4. Launch setup.exe – it’s located in the same directory where you launched the Z7550-00252_EvasimInstaller_100fr_v1.exe
  5. Next, next, next, next, yes, yes, Wait, yes, Installed!
  6. Try out the “Start HP P6000 EVA Simulator” new icon on your desktop, does it work? Profit!

“XF application has stopped working” – some friendly error I got and CV simulator did not start.. Most likely permission issue. Peaking through one of the command-prompts it repeats access denied.

It’s amazing that the CV simulator still relies on .bat scripts. Guess it’s for backwards compatibility with XP and Vista? Only one file necessary for all those Windows OS variants.

With default Windows security, the Simulator runs into a problem when it tries to write to files under c:\program files (x86)\ . There are probably many ways to remedy that, one might be step 1 above. This worked:

  1. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP P6000 EVA Simulator\evasim
  2. Right-click on ‘start_bundle.bat’ and run it as an administrator. This should start the simulator.
  3. Open up a command prompt with Admin Privileges, cd your way into evasim directory and type: “start startcv.bat”
  4. That should launch the Command View process and also IE pointing to CV.
  5. If not, point your web-browser to: https://localhost:2374/SPoG/ or https://localhost:2374/
  6. Log in with the user/password you added into the “HP Storage Admins” group earlier.

Some tips:

In one of the “DOS” windows, there might be more clues as to what’s going on.

Open a command prompt with admin privilieges by typing “cmd” in the search bar then right-clicking and starting as administrator.

Inside the Simulator DOS prompt you can hit enter and if you see some commands (save, stop, exit, start) then that’s the simulator window.

If you want your changes to be kept, type “save” in the simulator window before quitting.

Some thoughts:

It feels a bit ruggish. I bet this whole mess could be improved quite easily with some decent scripts. Here’s one I’d like to see:

if $os == Win7:
    if $write_read_permissions_in_program_files != "allowed":
        print_in_big_letter("You need more axx! Do $THIS")
        exit_everything_and_die

 

To create a new user group in Windows 7

This post is created upon request by a reader.

May or may not be needed for the P6000 Simulator. It is however required when you install the real HP P6000 Command View.

First you need to get into ‘Computer Management’, do this by right-clicking on ‘My Computer’. Then click your way into ‘Local Users and Groups’, and then into the ‘Groups’ section. In there, right-click somewhere and create a new group called ‘HP Storage Admins’ (or HP Storage Users for read-only). While creating it you can add a user (the one you log in with probably), you can also add it later by right-clicking the group.

P6000 – EVA – Command View Simulator

https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=P6000EVASimulator

Command View EVA is HP’s web based management tool for their EVA/P6000 products.
It’s been looking the same for quite some time except the quite old ones. It’s simple to use compared to other management softwares but sure it has its limitations too. It’s not based on JAVA anyway :)

Install.

Run the install file, this extracted the files but then it said something about it not being correctly installed. I then went to the folder and started the install manually. This completed after a while. After this:

To run it in Windows 7 x64:

Go to start menu -> accessories -> right-click on Command Prompt -> choose “run as Administrator”.

In there type:
cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP P6000 EVA Simulator\evasim

Then hit:
setup_cv_env.bat
wait for it to complete

Then hit:
start_bundle.bat

Which will start the simulation services and open a web browser (IE for me even if Firefox is default). It looks like it works fine in Firefox 7 too – just surf to . There is no password required when logging in manually.

IE9 will complain about certificate, say that you agree and then you’re in!

Use

Well, this is where you learn how to do the things in Command View.

For example, create a vdisk, create a replication group, try out continuous access (data replication) and business copy (snapshots, clones). It’s really like the real deal except that probably the error logs aren’t there and you can’t really present any disks to a host. But you can do everything simulated anyway :)

The firmware in the simulator is 10000090 (or CD1528lesl-10000090 ) on HSV300. A pre-release of the XCS firmware? Also the 6100/8100 EVAs in the simulator is on 6.220 – why not on 6.240?

Also do try the SSSU it is installed here C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP P6000 EVA Simulator\evasim\cveva and it works. So you can try scripting, try out scripts before you actually run them in your production system and stuff like that.

Even cvutil is installed. In the same directory as SSSU, just hit ‘cvutil paths’ for example to see the paths your machine has to the EVAs.

To shut down the simulator you can type ‘exit’ in the command windows that are opened by the software. Or just hit CTRL+C or the X in the window :)

P6000 Firmware & Command View

The P6000 firmware XCS 10000000 is out, or has been for a while now.
You can find it on http://software.hp.com or the link above.

The Command View 9.4 release notes are here.

Extra nice stuff (besides the obvious ones like new hw support):

  • HDD upgrades via management module / ABM
  • Disk Drive Remote Power cycling (apparently works after 09500000?)
  • Thin Provisioning (requires extra license but with the P6300/6500 it comes with the normal CV license)
  • Online migrations (change vraid lvl or disk group without impacting i/o – cool)
  • Manage it over FCoE (so via an MPX200 for example)
  • EVA3000/5000 events not propogated to Windows Event Log – I knew it!
  • SSSU 9.4 – took away the 10s delay when executing commands.

And release notes for the XCS 10M is here.

More hw stuff ;)

  • For HSV300 and above
  • P6300 is HSV340 and P650 is HSV360
  • M6612 is LFF (3.5″ disks) and M6625 is SFF (2.5″ disks)
  • So are they smaller than the EVA8400?
  • Both P6300 and P6500 have a management module (ABM)
  • Events that indicate back-end cabling is incorrect -> NICE
  • Some more SPOF fixes

It’s confusing to read the release notes as it says P6000 everywhere but it refers to all EVAs. Also the older generations like EVA3000/5000 are called P6000!

I also wonder why the P6300/P6500 is named HSV340 and HSV360.
So they’re not better than the EVA6400?

This would put them on or slightly above the EVA6400/HSV400 series level:

“Up to 10 M6612 or M6625 are supported with the P6300 EVA
up to 20 M6612 or up to 18 M6625 are supported with the P6500 EVA”

In terms of sizing it would make more sense to call them HSV420 and HSV440 or something like that :)

On this page it says active/active on the redundancy options, but it doesn’t say this on the x400. Does this mean it’s no longer asymmetrical A/A like it was on the previous EVAs?

Latest FOS ( Fabric OS ) Firmware on HP’s Brocade SAN switches

How to find the latest firmware for an HP Brocade SAN switch:

How to find out which Brocade Firmware is the latest and which is the last supported one?

  1. On HP SPOCK: http://h20272.www2.hp.com/ (this required an HP Passport, they are free to create).
  2. Go to Switches, then click on B-series connectivity stream.

The B-series conenctivity stream document gets updated often and it has the recommended (usually latest) and the supported Fabric OS releases for each switch type.

How to find the last supported firmware for an HP Brocade SAN switch:

Usually the EOL of a firmware is announced when a new one is released.
See this customer notice of 6.4.1b:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02766238

Server and Storage Tips from the ITRC

Just a good howto – tip – solution. It’s a little hard to find good threads.

Hard to find something.. should probably write it in here when I think of it.
Also the ITRC are moving to another platform in June 2011 so maybe these won’t be available after this.

** Update 2011-06-27: Yes, these do not work after the ITRC move. They take you to the main page of the new forum. Tried to find the posts again but couldn’t on the first two so I’ve given up :/

Storage

EVA Parity Groups – RSS
EVA Control RSS position while replacing disks.
Command View EVA cannot find EVA
SCSI Sense errors with HP SC11xe and Tape Drives
EVA DR resume
Go from PID Extended Edge to PID CORE format with Unix.

Servers

How are the ports mapped in a a HP BladeSystem c-7000 with Flex-10 Fabric Interconnect modules.

Operating System

How to remote to a Red Hat server:

 

HP P6000 – EVA – Thin Privisioning and Dynamic Lun Migration – XCS 10.000.000

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Storage-Area-Networks-SAN/XCS-10-000-00/m-p/4789795

2011-07-12: Updated with new link to new HP ITRC forum.

Also it looks like VAAI is not implemented in this firmware.

Some more news!

With Google Translate:
“Under the new EVA was also the XCS software updated and is now more stable and effi ¤ competitive. IT IS now available for r the EVA4000/6000/8000 EVA4100/6100/8100 and the version of XCS tion 6240 and for r the EVA 4400/6400/8400 and EVA XCS version of the P6000 10.000.00 to availability, with new features such as thin Provisioning “and” Dynamic LUN migration “for r coming EVA x400 systems.
In addition, the new EVA Command View v.9.4, which for r all generations of EVA systems can be used.”

The newsletter was in German – it mentions Thin Provisioning and Dynamic LUN Migration (a blog post about Tiering). Especially interesting I find that the x400 will also get this 10.000.00 firmware – which kind of makes sense as it’s already on 09.534.000 (one more number?).
I take this to mean that the architecture inside the P6000 Controllers are the same as in the EVA x400 -series (PowerPC etc.).

Sounds like a great move, as long as the new firmware is as stable as they claim.
EVA x400 was for most of the time not stable until the 09534000 firmware was released, unless you were lucky/did not have that many disk shelves.

It will probably be called XCS 10000000 , not 10.000.00 as written in the newsletter above.

HP’s Brocade firmwares compatible with other switches?

After a question in my SAN switch firmware upgrade article I made a comparison of two downloads of 6.3.1b (one via IBM and one from HP) – the only differences were a file called ancillary and one called EULA.pdf. I used examdiff to find the differences.

All the sub-directories were the same, only the above two files were added in the HP one.
I believe quite strongly that you can use the HP firmwares to upgrade Brocade switches that are branded by other vendors.

At least IBM and normal Brocade ones.

As they are using the very same Brocade firmware that Brocade themself use, it might be hard for the vendors to change the switch that much.

It would be interesting to investigate if other vendors add something to make theirs not, but I have no way of acquiring such a firmware.

The EULA looks like a normal HP standard end user license agreement form. The HP ancillary.txt file contains this:

“This ancillary.txt file provides information as to how to obtain the open source or other third party licenses in this distribution. To obtain such licenses, run the following CLI command at the prompt, “opensource”.
This ancillary.txt file also provides the instructions for customers who require a copy of the
machine-readable GPL Source Code by written request.  Upon your written request, HP will provide to You, for a fee covering the cost of distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the GPL Source Code. Your written request for GPL Source Code can be sent via email to FC_Infrastructure_OpenSourceRequest@hp.com. In the request, include product name, version number, your name, and your shipping address. “

HP Virtual Room Installation on RHEL 6 x64

http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1478734

I couldn’t get it to work.

Eventually I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS in a VM in Virtualbox and in there it worked.

However, resolution is only 800×600. So I found this page: 

http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=15679

 

That told me to install some stuff and then install the Guest Addition stuff. After that and a reboot HP Vroom no longer worked. But resolution was fine! Grah. Then I just used the “Live CD” of Ubuntu instead, or the normal .iso but no need to install, just boot from it.

 

Next Generation EVA – P6000

On theregister there was recently a post that maybe HP will announce the new EVA’s in Vegas in June – the P6000.

I just opened a discussion on the ITRC forum, maybe we’ll see some more posts there. I myself am hoping for some thin provisioning or why not SAS backends instead of the quite notorious FC loops. How about native iSCSI or FCoE?

*** 2011-05-05 Update, HP has now officially announced some information about it. For example that it will have the SAS-backend! Whoop! No more loop problems :)

*** 2011-05-05 Another one! Now it came – Thin Provisioning!
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/05/hp_p6000_data/

HEPIX Spring 2011 – Day 1

Morning.
Got in last night at around 2140 local time.
I should’ve done a little more exact research for how to find my hotel. Had to walk some 30 minutes (parts of it the wrong way) to get to it. But at least I made it to see some ice hockey.. . to bad Detroit lost.

Today’s another day though!

First stop: breakfast.

Wow. What a day, and it’s not over yet! So much cool stuff talked about.

Site Reports

The first half of the day was site reports from various places.

GSI here in Darmstadt (which is where some of the heaviest elements have been discovered). They have started an initiative to keep Lustre alive – as apparently Oracle is only going to develop this for their own services and hardware. They are running some SM – SuperMicro servers that have infiniband on board – and not like the HP ones I’ve seen that has the mellanox card as an additional mezzanine card. Nice. They were also running some really cool water cooling racks that uses the pressure in some way to push the hot air out of the racks. They found that their SM file servers had much stronger fans at the back, and not optimized airflow inside the servers so they had to tape over some (holes?) over the PCI slots on the back of the server to make it work properly for them. They were also running the servers in around 30C – altogether they got a PUE of around 1.1 which is quite impressive.

Other reports: Fermilab (loots of storage, their Enstore has for example 26PB of data on tape), KIT, Nikhef (moved to ManageEngine for patch and OS deployment, and Brocade for IP routers), CERN (lots of hard drives had to be replaced.. around 7000.. what vendor? HP, Dell, SM?), DESY (replaced Cisco routers with Juniper for better performance, RAL (problem with LSI controllers, replaced with adaptec), SLAC (FUDForum for communication).

 

Rest of the day was about:

Messaging

Some talk about messaging – for signing and encrypting messages. Could be used for sending commands to servers but also for other stuff. I’ve seen ActiveMQ in EyeOS and it’s also elsewhere as well. Sounds quite nice but apparently not many use it, instead they use ssh scripts to run things like that.

Security

About various threats that are public in the news lately and also presentation of some rootkits and a nice demo of a TTY hack. Basically the last one consists of one client/linux computer that has been taken hacked, then from this computer a person with access to a server sshs there. And then the TTY hack kicks in and gives the hacker access to the remote host. Not easy to defend against.

There was also a lengthier (longest of the day) 1h-1.5h presentation of a French site that went through how they went ahead when replacing their home-grown Batch management system with SGE(now Oracle Grid Engine).

*** Updated the post with links to some of the things. Maybe the TTY hack has another name that’s more public.

Next Days:

Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2

King in ITRC!

Just got the Royal rank – 2500 points :)

http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1477054&admit=109447626+1302808876390+28353475

Woop woop!

HP’s ITRC forum is a great place to learn more, help out :)

For me the primary reason is to remember the things I learnt while working at the support, because I do not work with hardware in that respect anymore it’s incredible how fast this kind of stuff is forgotten, at least the specifics :/

I hope the ITRC won’t change into something crap after the move to another forum system now in the summer.

EMC – Symmetrix and CLARiiON – 2

So we reserved two green old chairs.
Just might need a nut and a metal plate for a bolt that’s missing one then they’ll do nicely!

***

Also been reading up on the CLARiiON now so far as to what I’ve found.

Hardware base is quite similar to the EVAs with the backend loops, CTS on the CX4 and loop io modules on the CX3. With a max of 120 disks per loop.
The number in the naming of the CX4 (maybe the others too) is that the number is max amount of disks. CX4-960 is 960 disks and 8 loops (120 per loop then?). Loop pairs I hope.

Turns out Dell are selling these.

Hot sparing is used and a raid group is like an EVA disk group.
Quite similar to the way HP’s XP is creating the parity groups.
Navisphere for management on the CLARiiON and System Management Console on the Symmetrix.

Interesting stuff this is!

Symmetrix is high end and CLARiiON is mid range.

So Symmetrix has even more similarities to the XP. For example the blades with the directors(host ports, device ports, disks, memory, cache) and assemblies.

Both appears to have more ways of configuring it than the EVA – the admin interface looks more complex anyway and you can tune the cache which is neat ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMC_Symmetrix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMC_Clariion

Both of these are quite extensive but especially the Symmetrix article looks a lot like an advertisement.